Pop-Up Porch Party
While standing at the kitchen window looking at her front patio, Margo chuckled at herself. After all these years and all those pep-talks, she still found herself in the introvert column of life despite trying so hard to be like those fun types she saw on social media having a house full of dinner parties.
She thought about why she could not be like the others. Her conclusion was that the perceived formality always snowballed into a table piled high with inner doubt; what if they didn’t like what she cooked and what if everyone sitting across from each other had nothing to talk about? And so her well-intentioned dinner party idea would inevitably turn into another quiet night at home.
But she didn’t want this to be her life.
While wiping toast crumbs off the counter her thoughts took her to an idea. What if the community she craved could be achieved casually?! Her mind started spinning with excitement and possibilities. Easy snacks. Casual come and go. No pressure. She didn’t even have to clean the house if she didn’t want to! And even a catchy name came to mind; Pop-Up Porch Party (or patio).
She dusted off her patio chairs and then wrote out a short grocery shopping list. She sent a text message to a handful of neighbors and friends inviting them over, “It’s a beautiful day for a spontaneous gathering! Stop by starting at 5pm for a couple minutes or a couple hours. I’ll have drinks and snacks and some shredded chicken in the crockpot for tacos.”
Margo zipped around the house with joy as text replies returned with yeses and excitement. During this brief morning hour on a random Thursday, she not only found her community answer, but she also found out that she was not broken because she was not like the extroverts; she was just made differently and had to find what worked for her.
Cheers to the introverts! Megan
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Post Script Motto
While it’s great fun to unbundle the newest package, please remember there is a special peace living simply and humbly - balancing between being content with what we already have and saving for something special that sparks joy. So with that, be thoughtful and live curated.